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Zlatan's milestone helps bury Marseille

By Agence France Presse In Paris (China Daily) Updated: 2015-10-06 08:33

Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the leading scorer in Paris Saint-Germain history on Sunday as the reigning Ligue 1 champions extended their lead at the top following a 2-1 victory over Marseille.

Michy Batshuayi headed in the opener after 30 minutes at Parc des Princes to give Marseille the lead but Ibrahimovic tucked away a pair of penalties in the space of three minutes just before the break.

The second of those penalties saw the Swedish striker surpass former Portugal international Pauleta's 109-goal record and write himself into the capital club's history book.

Kevin Trapp then ensured the home side's lead remained intact early in the second half as he kept out an Abdelaziz Barrada penalty to help PSG extend its advantage over second-place Angers to five points.

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi said his side deserved to win.

"We knew Marseille would come here and give us a difficult match," said the French international.

"They had nothing to lose but we scored the two penalities which changed things around. We played well and it was a good performance.

"It's important that we keep our streak going and put results together but Marseille showed their place in the table is not deserved, although I don't think they deserved to win."

Marseille took the lead in the 30th minute as Batshuayi beat David Luiz to Barrada's cross to head past Trapp for his sixth goal the season.

But a woeful pass back towards his own goal from Belgian striker Batshuayi four minutes before the break proved costly with PSG awarded a penalty after goalkeeper Steve Mandanda collided with Ibrahimovic.

The Swede duly converted from the spot to equal Paul-eta's mark and repeated the trick three minutes later to put PSG ahead and claim the record outright.

Marseille won a penalty of its own 10 minutes into the second period as Serge Aurier sent Barrada sprawling but the Moroccan international saw his effort turned away by the German goalkeeper.

Javier Pastore should have put the game out of Marseille's reach in the 78th minute but the Argentine substitute was thwarted by a stunning reflex save from Mandanda.

"We played to the same level as PSG, I think we did a lot more than the result reflects," said Marseille coach Michel.

"I don't want my team to react like a little side satisfied that we troubled PSG. We can't be satisfied that Trapp was the best Paris player tonight; we must go away sad."

 Zlatan's milestone helps bury Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic salutes the crowd after becoming the club's all-time leading scorer in Sunday's 2-1 win over Olympique de Marseille in Paris.Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

(China Daily 10/06/2015 page11)

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